[Ads-l] Meta-AD: who decides (are we all presciptivists)?

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 7 16:01:17 UTC 2018

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> On 6 Dec 2018, at 15:11, Andy Bach <afbach at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Decades before the rise of social media, polarisation plagued discussions
> about language. By and large, it still does. Everyone who cares about the
> topic is officially required to take one of two stances. Either you smugly
> preen about the mistakes you find abhorrent – this makes you a so-called
> prescriptivist – or you show off your knowledge of language change, and
> poke holes in the prescriptivists’ facts – this makes you a descriptivist.
> Group membership is mandatory, and the two are mutually exclusive.
> https://aeon.co/essays/why-language-might-be-the-optimal-self-regulating-system

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